While the rest of the Rays took batting practice on Tuesday, David Price zipped up a wetsuit over his uniform and took a swim with 30 rays in the 10,000-gallon tank behind Tropicana Field's right-center-field wall. (St. Petersburg Times)
09/07/2011 5:24 PM ET
Big Leaguers Notebook: Sept. 7
Rays ace Price takes a dip with rays in outfield tank
Joel Hanrahan went on a back-to-school shopping spree to pick up some fashionable new backpacks for Pirates rookies Daniel Moskos, Daniel McCutchen and Jason Grilli (MLB.com)
Sluggers Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez traded at-bats for cameo appearances on Sunday's episode of HBO's "Entourage." Art imitated life for the players, who scored guest parts as investors in Don Peppe's restaurant after Teixeira came up with the idea while dining with the series' executive producer at Don Peppe's last year. (FOXSports.com)
Rockies pitcher Jason Hammel got quite the birthday gift on Friday, when his wife, Elissa, gave birth to son Beckett William. "Best birthday present ever," said the proud new dad. "You could never give me another present I would appreciate as much as him. Obviously, it was a very, very special moment for me." (The Denver Post)
Welcome to the big leagues, Joe Benson and Chris Parmelee. The Twins callups dressed in their best suits for their arrival at Target Field and were promptly handed $100 kangaroo court fines by manager Ron Gardenhire for "making him look bad in his blue jeans." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Parker Lentini, a 12-year-old with systemic juvenile arthritis, spent an unforgettable Saturday at the ballpark with his Rays hero Ben Zobrist, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Lentini played catch with Zobrist on the Tropicana Field grass, met the Rays in the clubhouse and even answered questions during manager Joe Maddon's pregame press conference.
"I told him, 'Dude, I'm so honored.' I never had anyone want to do that with me as a player,'" said Zobrist, who was touched by Lentini's request. "You're impacted a little bit by the family and the whole situation. You just walk away from it thinking how strong a little kid like that is, the way he carries himself." (Tampa Tribune)
The Brewers saddled up for a trip to St. Louis in some large cowboy hats and even larger belt buckles. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Tweet of the Day: "Thanks to the @MLB_PLAYERS and all of those who paved the way so we can have our voices heard in our workplace #unionmember" -- Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19), who joined fellow MLB players in celebrating Labor Day with a #unionmember Tweet-a-Thon.
"As a union member, Labor Day is a pretty significant holiday for us," explained C.J. Wilson. "We're just trying to show support for the other unions across the country. For us, it's also thankfulness and gratitude for the players that came before us." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Quote of the Day: "After we came back from that road trip, we met a lot of the families that lost [someone]. We also met a lot of policemen and firemen. All they wanted was to shake our hands and tell us, 'Thank you for playing the game that we love watching.' That put everything in perspective. That World Series, just going down the hallway to the cage, there were thousands of EMS, firefighters and policemen just shaking our hands and saying thank you to us. That made it a very true and very genuine moment with each individual." -- Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada, who recalled meeting New York's heroes and playing in the World Series after 9/11.
Added Mariano Rivera, "I save ballgames. They save lives." (MLB.com)